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Arsenal face striker dilemma in January

Madrid trio to Arsenal realistic? (©GettyImages)
Madrid trio to Arsenal realistic? (©GettyImages).

Arsenal currently have the problem Liverpool had last year. They have one striker on form, but only one.

Liverpool fixed their problem in January, but will Arsene Wenger do the same with Arsenal?

Liverpool signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and another Chelsea fringe striker may be the answer to Arsenal's problems in Demba Ba.

He's not the only option for Wenger though, who has also been linked with Christian Benteke and Karim Benzema, along with some young strikers.

Olivier Giroud is a powerful striker who's good in the air but can finish with his feet also. The best in the world that fit this description are Mario Balotelli and Radamel Falcao - both of which are financially and practically unrealistic, but not impossible.

So who else is available?

Well, Arsenal could try to do business with arch rivals Chelsea and sign Romelu Lukaku for next season and loan Demba Ba for the time being.

However, it would take a huge bid to persuade Chelsea to deal with their rivals and again, it just seems unrealistic.

The Ba loan even seems a bit strange although was strongly linked in the summer.

Lukaku's international teammate Christian Benteke is actually an Arsenal fan and could be the obvious man to bring in, although Paul Lambert has already said he won't sell his star man for less than £30 million, and there are certainly cheaper options.

Both Nicolai Muller and Patrick Herrmann have been linked with moves to Arsenal. Muller, who has seven goals in 12 games this season, looks a better option than Herrmann, who has two goals and three assists in ten games.

Both, however, are more wingers than strikers.

If any young German striker is to join Arsenal, I believe it should be Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

The 21-year-old has six goals in six games for Hamburger SV so far this year. The problem is the same as Lukaku - he's on loan and not available until July 2014. A Demba Ba loan could again fill the seven month gap.

Benzema is probably the player being linked most heavily.

The Frenchman's recent record isn't great - he got just 11 goals in La Liga last year and currently has just four this year. Not terrible, but not what a player of his ability should be getting.

Benzema has also been linked with a move to Liverpool as part of a deal for Luis Suarez to go to Madrid.

Madrid team mates Sami Khedira and Angel di Maria have also been linked to Arsenal in recent times.

For all three it would cost somewhere near £70-80 million at least, also, right now all three are kind of pointless.

Angel di Maria and Sami Khedira are simply unnecessary as they don't need another central midfielder or a right winger. There is one more player who I believe would be perfect for Arsenal's situation.

Stefan Kießling was the Bundesliga's top scorer last year with 25 goals.

So far this year he averages two goals every three games and has ten goals in 14 games overall this year. 

Kießling is also now 29-years-old and will soon be in his thirties, which immediately makes him worth less and could be Arsenal's perfect short term solution.

Arsenal's current striker collection includes Giroud, NIcklas Bendtner, Yaya Sanogo and Park Chu-Young, with Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski available to play up front.

Borussia Dortmund have been linked with a move for Lukas Podolski and had a £10 million bid rejected in the summer.

I would use him as a ploy to try and sign Marco Reus, who may want out if Lewandowski is indeed to leave.

Reus, who was better than £86 million Gareth Bale, has a release clause of £34 million and Dortmund may fear losing him to rivals Bayern as Franck Ribery approaches his 31st birthday.

Reus is a Dortmund fan through and through though so a move away at all may rely on how Dortmund are doing come January or at the end of the year.

If Arsenal are to prize him away, they will have to fight fierce competition.

Per Mertersacker, Mesut Ozil and Podolski could play a big part in the deal, so maybe just paying £34 million up front and keeping Podolski would be best?

Either way, I believe Kießling is Arsenal's best option and may even go ahead of Giroud as I believe he's better. He may also play a part in a German revolution that could persuade Reus to leave Dortmund, maybe the little boy in him will cry out?

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